It was an ordinary weekend here. Minus the 5-minute blizzard, the 17-degree cold, and a chicken-house remodel. We made it a point to stay home, all of us. We ended up having some guests for lunch on Saturday. Then spent the rest of the day cleaning and relaxing. Yes, it was a good weekend.
Maybe this week will hold answers to the lingering questions that rally 'round our hearts. I'm completely at peace and I'm patient. I won't be dwelling on it. I'll continue to pray and wait for answers, but it will not consume me.
Never mind that though. It's Mexican Week at our house - YIPPAY!! I'm ecstatic to be making some new dishes and some old stand-bys. Lately, I've been asked how I've been coping with getting dinner ready by 5:30 every. single. night. and feeding 3 more, for a total of 7. First off, a meal calendar is essential. I create one for the month and it works extremely well. Do I ever veer off of it? Yes, on nights when I'm extremely tired or things are off track, I have easy backups. The calendar also helps in grocery shopping - I know exactly what I'm getting and I don't go overboard at the store. Secondly, my work schedule allows for me to get home at a reasonable time and on those nights I use crock pot recipes or quick and easy meals. Tuesdays and Thursdays, dinner is a little more extensive. All in all, I haven't had to add much more in quantity as I can't seem to cook small meals anyway.
While I haven't decided on desserts yet for this week, here's what the meal plan looks like...
Monday - Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup -
changes = chicken broth, no beer;
1 can diced tomatoes,
1/2 can diced tomatoes w/green chiles
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 garlic clove, pressed
Velveeta-Sausage Dip -
additions = 1 can black beans + 1 can corn
- OOOPS! It's Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day, we're going out!
Wednesday - Crock Pot Fajitas (deer), Mexican rice, refried beans smothered in Monterey Jack
Thursday - Chicken Enchiladas
Friday - Tacos
My passion is food. It always has been and while there are many things I love, "To eat and drink and find satisfaction in all your toil - this is the gift of God." ~ Ecclesiastes 5:18